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Jack Robertiello

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Jack Robertiello

Frequently writing and consulting about spirits, Jack Robertiello also judges at events including the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the International Rum Fest, and Spirits of Mexico.


Joy Spence Article
The Joy of Appleton   July 11, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Joy Spence, the master blender for Appleton estate rums, came north recently with an extremely rare product to mark Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence - Appleton Estate 50-year-old rum, an age unheard of in the rum trade. To find out how it came to be and what it's like, check out our...more >>

Jack Robertiello Blog
The New, New Things.   June 26, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Bartenders and beverage managers struggle to balance the needs of their bars, the demands of their customers and the flood of new products that may or may not catch fire or supply a much-needed tweak to a bar program. Among the latest: an agave liqueur, a new version of Cherry Marnier, and...more >>

Zombie Punch Article
Tiki, Essential Oils and a Refreshing Milk Punch   June 26, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Summer menus are rolling in, with twists designed to make a place stand out. From pisco in New York to colonial drinking in Chicago, from tableside service to Tiki extravaganzas, menus that focus the drinking have never been hotter.

Paul Pacult Article
Decoding the Ultimate Cocktail Challenge   June 26, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

The Ultimate Cocktail Challenge recently wrapped up its third annual competition, with some boutique brands and old reliables rising to the challenge. What can such a competition tell us about cocktails and spirits? We ask the boss, Paul Pacult.

Jack Robertiello Blog
Who Let the White Dogs Out?   June 12, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Or, why white whiskey, barrel-aged cocktails may get your bar attention, but they seem to be deconstruction gone bad to some.

Sangria Article
Slushies, Pop Bottles and the Allure of the Tall Drink    June 12, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Summer is upon us, and those in charge of bar programs are stretching in their efforts to make drinks, their service and formats as refreshing and interesting as possible.

Speed Rack Article
Built for Speed   June 12, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

What started as a local competition and camaraderie builder for women bartenders concluded its national competition with Yael Vengroff, now of Houston, emerging as the Speed Rack champion, in the course of which more than $68,000 was raised in the fight against breast cancer. The champ talks about...more >>

Jack Robertiello Blog
Four Ideas For Summer Sipping   May 29, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

A few days in a very hot place reminds me that there are few things as disappointing as a bar program that doesn’t go beyond the obvious when thinking about the joys of summer drinking.

Sherry Glass Article
Sherry Cocktails, Southern Ingredients And Summer Sipping    May 29, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Cocktail menus can be based on anything - ethnic cooking, regional components, even turning bitter into refreshing. It's all up to your skills.

Guy Smith, Executive Vice President, Diageo Corporate Relations Article
Striking Back At "Alcophobes"   May 29, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Guy Smith, Executive Vice President, Diageo Corporate Relations, created quite a stir recently at the Responsible Retailing Conference by accusing "alcophobes" of bogus scientific studies designed to demonize beverage alcohol. He discusses why the industry is pushing back.



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